Whale Knitting Pattern

Β Yes! It’s a whale! So many of you guessed correctly:) I have had such wonderful fun designing this whale. His name is Glider, the whale and he is knitted all in one piece, except for his side fins. I knitted him in the round with the magic loop, but DPNs work just as well. I have used double knitting (DK) wool and 4mm circular needles.
During the design process, I knitted up to a point and then I thought to myself, how am I going to knit this tail, so I just sat and stared at my knitting for a while… I really didn’t want to knit separate pieces and sew them together or even have to shape tiny pieces. Then it came to me, it was a wonderful realisation and I carried on knitting, just shaping and the tail appeared! It was so exciting, really!!
His pattern is available in my Etsy shop.

Here’s a close up of the tail.

I have also given this whale a little blowhole on the top of his body. His eyes are needle felted on.

If you would like a chance to win a pattern, just leave a comment below, I am giving away 2 patterns.
I will announce the winner tomorrow in this post:)
Have a lovely day,


I’d love knitting this for my daughter!!
Glider is such a cool shape, I love that back view of his tail! Lovely Linda πŸ™‚
Congratulations! I will email off your patterns:)

PS A few readers have emailed me to let me know that they are not receiving my Natural Suburbia blog feed via email. Please could you let me know if you aren’t receiving your feed and who you are subscribed with, Google Reader or Feedburner.You can email me at lindadawkins@mweb.co.za if you wish:) Thanks so much.

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58 Responses to Whale Knitting Pattern

  1. barb March 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    OH MY GOSH!!!! Glider is adorable and THANK YOU for making him a giveaway. My fingers are crossed.
    I am almost done knitting the Cat pattern. I have 4 granddaughters who have already told me the colors they want THEIR kitties to be.

    • Seanna March 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      He is a beauty. We have a whale as our business logo and have whale toys on the dash of our trucks that we have collected over the years. Glider would make a lovely addition to our pod – LOL

  2. barb March 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    As I am looking closer at all the details on Glider, I am blown away. And what a sweet expression.

    You can read this and then delete it. I didn’t mean to give myself another chance to win. I just had to tell you how incredible he is and, again, how talented YOU are.

  3. noodledogknits March 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    I’ve been looking for a whale pattern and this is perfect!

  4. Lenka March 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    So sweet! Love your whale! I guessed from the beautiful blue. I hope to try the pattern soon πŸ™‚

  5. pinkundine March 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    He is utterly gorgeous πŸ™‚

  6. jj March 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    He’s so cute! I would love to have the pattern.

  7. Marisa March 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Oh, he is adorable! His tail is brilliant! I’d love to win a copy of the pattern!

  8. Dana Craft March 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    your whale is drop-dead-gorgeous, linda ☺ fantastic work as usual ☺

  9. Julia C March 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I love this whale! So cute!

  10. Natalie March 1, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    I would love a chance to win. My nephew is a whale fanatic. This would be perfect for him.
    Thanks for sharing

  11. ~Kris March 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    What a lovely whale! It’s adorable!
    Thanks for the chance to win this pattern πŸ™‚

  12. Charis's Mum March 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    I’d love knitting this for my daughter!!

  13. jess March 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    What a lovely opportunity! Quite an adorable whale πŸ™‚

  14. The Parscal's March 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Oh my goodness your whale is so adorable. I love it!

  15. Walk-N-Knit March 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    He is absolutely adorable !! I don’t know how you come up with your patterns, but I love them all !! Thanks for the giveaway !

  16. Tracey March 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    You, my dear Linda, are “just too cool for school”! Another amazing item from your needles…thank you.

  17. ziezo March 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    He’s lovely!

  18. Hawthorn March 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    He’s beautiful, when I saw the shades of blue, I wondered then if a whale was developing! I would love a chance to try this little chappie out! Here’s hoping!

  19. Anita March 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Oh my goodness! This is too adorable!

  20. Sabine March 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    How sweet πŸ™‚ Absolutely beautiful.
    Many greetings from Germany

  21. EMMA March 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    He’s so adorable! would love a chance to add him to my other natural suburbia animals.

  22. Heather aka Proud Mama March 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Glider is amazing. And that tail-wow!

  23. Mami Dearest March 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    I LOVE your whale! I have a grandson named Jonah, so NEED this whale. If I don’t win it, I will definitely be buying it! Too cute πŸ™‚

  24. Evelyn March 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    What a great whale. My little one loves whales because of his favourite book “The snail and the Whale”.

  25. WonderWhyGal March 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    He is super adorable.

  26. DaffodilAngel March 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Wow, this is a beautiful whale Linda and thank you for the opportunity to win the pattern. You are a very creative person and all your animals are just wonderful.

  27. Bethieee March 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    This is such a cute pattern. I love the tail and how generous you are to offer a giveaway. Thank you!

  28. W-S Wanderings March 2, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    Aaack! You’ve done it again, knitting up magic. Sigh. My wish list of mamma4earth patterns only grows, despite having purchased several patterns.

  29. Courtney March 2, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    SO cute!!!

  30. JennaH March 2, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    This is one of the nicer whale patterns that I’ve seen. Love the blow-hole! Thanks for the opportunity; if I’m lucky enough to be one of your recipient, could you contact me at jhunnef[at]gmail.com? Thanks! Love your blog, btw.

  31. Star faerymother March 2, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    This is so stunning- at this time of the year the whales are on the move, and you can see them from the beach.

  32. Happy Whimsical Hearts March 2, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    What a fantastic whale!

  33. Alessandra March 2, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    …a beautiful whale with a beautiful tail!!!
    xxx Alessandra

  34. Kim Corrigan-Oliver March 2, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Love it!!!

  35. UmmRania March 2, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    Awww, its awesome. He is adorable!

  36. Lori ann March 2, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    linda he is perfect! LOVE the blue whale! glider, SO cute. you’ve even given him a blowhole. you are amazing.

  37. tartankiwi March 2, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Every time that I think that you have come up with my favourite pattern you come up with another stunner! Love him!

  38. Baa-Me Kniits March 2, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Glider is such a cool shape, I love that back view of his tail! Lovely Linda πŸ™‚

  39. Christy March 2, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    he’s lovely, off to see if i have some suitable wool in the stash now…

  40. Charlotte March 2, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I love this guy and am amazed at how casually you describe your design process.

  41. Natalie March 2, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    How cute is that, he is Beautiful!


  42. Dawn March 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Adorable, love the varied colours with the yarn you used too.

  43. pelicanknits March 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    love the whale and my yarns is waiting to knit him.. Pick me

  44. Twig&Blossom March 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Have I missed my chance? I think he may just be my all time favourite out of all your amazingly gorgeous creations! Well done again Linda!!

  45. DianaC March 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Oh my goodness – I just love the whale pattern – hope I’m not to late to get a chance at winning. You are amazing Linda – thank you so much for all your beautiful patterns… Diana

  46. Jody March 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Glider is a special whale! I just know that he would be happy in my seaside collection! I dream of living near the shore, and these beautiful objects make it more possible!

  47. Hallie March 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    I have been knitting for a few years but just recently started knitting in the round and with dpn and it finally makes sense!! I am so enjoying hte new challenge and will keep my fingers crossed to win this!! Thankyou for the chance to win!! My girls would LOVE to have one of these little guys to play with with their fairies!!

  48. Janet March 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Glider is wonderful – you are incredibly creative! I’d love to win a pattern, as I have 3 grandchildren (one on the US East Coast) and I think they’d all like him! Thanks for offering a freebie!
    Have a great weekend!

  49. MJ March 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Hi Linda. I would love to knit this pattern. The children are into sealife right now.

  50. LaVelle March 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    That is such a cute whale and a good color for it. My Grandbabies would love to have whales to play with. I really enjoy reading your blogs, I receive them via e-mail and look forward to them everyday.

  51. Eva | Little Cool Toys March 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Oh, he is such a beauty – another amazing animal pattern from your creative hands!
    I just came across the book “75 birds, butterflies & little beasts to knit and crochet” – had fun knitting a caterpillar last night πŸ™‚

  52. dionne March 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    That is so beautiful. I can’t knit so don’t enter me in your drawing but I just had to pass on my compliments πŸ™‚ Love the color and the rotundity (is that a word?) of the little guy. Gorgeous whale.

  53. Carmen March 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    He is adorable! I love your whale.
    FYI – I am still getting your feeds; I’m pretty sure through feedburner.

  54. AM60 March 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Again -he is beautiful, your Glider . Hes tail is …wau .I just know what yarn I could use ! πŸ˜‰

  55. FroggyMama March 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    How cute! We’re getting ready to learn all about the ocean – this would be a great toy.

  56. Mary March 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    that is some neat shaping on the tail. would love to try it.

  57. laminitagirl March 3, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    Looking at the number of comments, I may be quite lucky if I am selected. Please put my name/comment in the hopper and I’ll keep my fingers crossed – tightly!! He is stunning!

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